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When Tears are not Sufficient for Relief - Immediate Action should Follow

Tears swelling and seeping from the eyes of hardened diplomats on the United Nations(UN) Security Council(SC) on viewing a video of the unsuccessful attempts by doctors to resuscitate three-child-victims of a Syrian regime chlorine gas attack, was an empathetic, human and emotional response, to yet another humanitarian tragedy of the Syrian war.

The BBC-News reported: "Some of them(Council members) were crying. Clearly they were affected by what they have seen in the videos and what they heard, many of them spoke outside the diplomatic language and many of them have said that this outrageous and the perpetrators should be brought to justice," Zaher Sahloul, of the Syrian American Medical Society, told the British news service.

Council members were moved to tears while viewing footage of the unsuccessful attempts by doctors to resuscitate three children - ages, one, two and three, along with their parents and a grandmother, following a chlorine gas attack upon Idlib, Syria, by the Syrian army, on March 16, this year.

United States(US) Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, who was at the SC meeting, described reaction to the video as "very emotional". She said those responsible for the attack will be held accountable.

Doctors told the UN diplomats that helicopters were heard flying above the village of Sarmin, in Idlib, on March 16. The Syrian regime is the sole operator of helicopters in the Syrian war. After the sound of the helicopters, the medical professionals reported hearing a thud which was accompanied by an overwhelming smell of chlorine. Subsequently, the local hospital became flooded by dozens of people with breathing difficulties including the three children. They died. The doctors wept. The diplomats wept.

Yet, Bashar al Assad sits in power in Damascus into his fifth year of terror upon the Syrian children and civilian populations. Threats of action against Assad for such humanitarian tragedies have been thwarted by China and Russian before the UN Security Council.

Thus, following the diplomatic tears for those recently killed, who have now joined the mourning deaths of thousands of  children, and tens of thousands of civilians in Syria, direct action against the Assad regime becomes necessary. Russian and Chinese hindrance to action against Assad must be rejected. Humanity and justice must trump all naysayers for the sake of the children in the Levant.